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Google Updates Android Platform Distribution Numbers – Jelly Bean Crawls To 1.8%, Gingerbread At 56%

Google has once again updated the Android platform distribution numbers. The numbers, released right on schedule today, show Gingerbread still leading the pack at 56% of devices (down from 57.5% last month), with Jelly Bean crawling up the ladder to 1.8%, up from 1.2% last time.

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The two most important stat changes from last month, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean, are somewhat disappointing – both shifting at a lower rate than last cycle, but promised updates and leaked devices we may or may not see in the near future will likely help those numbers along.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available Right Now Via OTA Or Kies

T-Mobile has begun rolling out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update (T769UVLH5) for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and you can get it right now one of two ways. First, you can head to your phone's settings menu and check for the update. If the update doesn't appear, though, you'll either have to wait, or download Samsung's Kies utility (here) and check through that.

Here's the changelog:

  • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5 - Current version

    Version

    • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5
    • Updated 10/3/2012
    • Optional Manual update

    Improvements

    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Mobile Hotspot Icon location fix
    • Add Email option fix

    Prerequisites

    • Manual (via Samsung Kies)  update
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T769UVLB7/T769UVLF4
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • 20 MB available memory (File size of update is 15.7 MB)

Happy updating.

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Rayman Jungle Run Review: Possibly The Best Platformer On Android

Many of us waited with bated breath for Rayman Jungle Run to arrive in the Play Store late last month. Just when the wait was almost over, it was delayed. The game finally arrived a week later with all the platforming goodness you could ask for, so maybe the delay was worth it. All this precision jumping doesn't come free, though. Is the new Rayman worth a few dollars of your cash?

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Motorola And Google Open Source And Merge Key Parts Of MOTODEV Studio Into AOSP

For some time, Motorola Mobility has offered its MOTODEV Studio for Android suite as a standalone alternative build on Eclipse. A lot of developers seemed to like the additional tools Moto built into Studio, but weren't exactly keen on dropping Eclipse in exchange for Moto's less open solution.

Now that Motorola is a part of Google, it seems that state of affairs just won't do. Earlier today, on the official Motorola blog, the company announced it was open sourcing key parts of MOTODEV Studio and merging them into the Android Open Source Project.

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BBC Releases Good Food Recipe App For Android, Packs Hundreds Of Detailed Recipes - All Free For A Limited Time

You may not know it (especially if you see how I eat most nights), but I rather enjoy cooking. The fact is, though, that most recipe apps on Android really suck. Like, really, really, really suck (I am looking at you with extreme disapproval, Epicurious).

So when I saw the BBC's Good Food app on the Play Store this afternoon, I was intrigued. Then, I tried it, and I have to say - I'm impressed.

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American Red Cross Releases Yet Another App - This One's All About Earthquakes

Looks like the Red Cross is on a roll. In just a few months, it has released what's becoming a series of not only impressive looking, but completely utile applications. First, they showed us how to perform simple CPR. Then, it was all about hurricane preparation. Now, the third app in the trio has been released, and this time it's dedicated to earthquakes.

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The app covers all the basic information that you'd need to know in the case of an earthquake - before, during, and after.

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[New Game] Streaker! Is Like Temple Run, But With Naked People

You know what games don't have enough of these days? Censored cartoon nudity. Everyone knows it's true. Particularly in the running games category. Sure, we've got secret agents, gingers escaping death, and Pixar heroines, yet all of them are decidedly clothed. Streaker! attempts to remedy this problematic conundrum. In this adventure, you're the other man fleeing the scene from a sordid affair. Did we mention this probably isn't for kids?

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[New App] Amtrak Gives Passengers 'A New Way To Take The Train' With Official App

Amtrak, aiming to give you a "new way to take the train," released an official app to the Play Store recently.

The (logically named) Amtrak app allows passengers to plan their entire train excursion, from buying tickets (which can be displayed right on your device) to navigating to a nearby station, changing/upgrading seat selections, checking train schedules, and using an Amtrak Guest Rewards account.

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"Optimized for Android," the app carries a holo-ish interface with swiping tabs, proper navigation and scrolling, and all the visual flair you may expect from an app in line with Android's design guidelines.

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Tip: Access The Secret 'Labs' Menu In Nova Launcher For Even More Customization Options

Since Nova Prime made its way into the final day of Google's 25 Billion promo, we thought this might be a good time to share a lesser known feature of the custom launcher. Much like many Google apps/services, Nova has a "labs" menu that makes available some useful tweaks which aren't quite ready for prime time (get it?).

Within this hidden menu, you'll find things like the ability to increase the maximum grid size (from 7x7 to 16x16), toggles to add any size widget to the dock, force 180 degree orientation, UI Lock, and a couple of widget restore and resize options.

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Amazing Flight Simulator X-Plane Drops Price Tag, Now Free On The Play Store

Flight simulator players are something of a different breed. Flight simulation games can require hours of attention to what, for many people, is an extremely tedious (boring), monotonous (boooooring) task. But, the best simulators on the market are so good (realistic) that you can actually use them as part of a professional flight simulator. X-Plane (for the desktop) is that good.

Now, the Android game is no substitute for getting your pilot's license, but Laminar Research, the company that makes the game, promises "85% of the accuracy" of the desktop version.

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